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Unlike the Spectrum case discussed above where the GAO recommended contract termination for failing to notify losing offerors of the proposed awardee prior to a small business set-aside award, in Veteran Enterprise Technology Services, LLC, (47) the GAO denied a protest seeking termination of a Department of the Army award under a SDVO set-aside.
The GAO decided that the Army contracting officer had properly waived pre-award notification of unsuccessful SDVO small business offerors after reasonably determining that the urgency of the procurement required award without delay pursuant to the FAR requirements.
The Army awarded the SDVO set-aside to WGI for support services to the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) which "develops strategies and methodologies to swiftly introduce material innovations into the U.S.
"We are pleased to work with companies like Conexant to provide this option to consumers using Intel's sDVO interface."
The VO and SDVO Small Businesses Task Force was created to develop a plan to increase VA's achievements to these two groups, and Secretary Principi approved all 16 of the task force's recommendations.
VA's Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) has developed a database, VetBiz Vendor information Pages (VIP), which is comprised of VO and SDVO small businesses and can be found at www.vetbiz .gov.
SBA's final rule says contracting officers "should look at the 8(a), HUBZone and SDVO programs before considering setting aside the requirement for [other small businesses.] The rule does not say which of those programs has first claim on a contract.
* Support of lX gigabit Ethernet, audio, 6x USB and dual display by LVDS and SDVO connector.
A set-aside program for SDVO businesses was implemented last spring, allowing both sole source and competitive awards.
In issuing its interim rule in May, SBA said contracting officers "should look at the 8(a), HUBZone, and SDVO Programs before considering setting aside the requirement for [other small businesses]." The rule does not say which of the three programs should get first priority.
In the preamble to the rule, SBA said, "This regulation provides that the [contracting officer] should look at the 8(a), HUBZone, and SDVO Program before considering setting-aside the requirement for [other small businesses]."
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